West Indies in Sri Lanka 2010-11 December 4, 2010

Herath, Mendis included for first two West Indies ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Muttiah Muralitharan has been rested from the Sri Lankan side for the first two one-dayers of the upcoming five-match series against West Indies. Rangana Herath, who has impressed in the Test matches, has taken Murali's place for the games that will be held at the new stadium in Hambantota.

Dinesh Chandimal and Dammika Prasad, who were a part of the squad for the successful one-day series in Australia, were left out of the side. Thilan Samaraweera took the batting spot vacated by Chandimal, while Ajantha Mendis was included as an extra spinner.

The last three games will be played at the newly renovated R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo which, along with Hambantota and Pallekele, will host matches in the 2011 World Cup.

Squad: Kumar Sangakkara (capt & wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Kapugedara, Suraj Randiv, Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thisara Perera, Dilhara Fernando, Chamara Silva, Jeevan Mendis.

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  • lananad on December 10, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    Srilanka need Samaraweera for sure in the middle order. You don't need everybody going there and play very aggressively from the start. You need a player like Thilan to stabilize the middle order.He has a very good Cricketing sence when it comes to playing under pressure. If you drop him it will be a mistake.

  • nuzair on December 9, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    I checked the records of Sachitra Senanayake. It is excellent. Cant understand why he is not selected for any of the international matches ( tests/ ODI /T20).

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    Kapu should be given another chance to mature. Kapu and Angelo are the same age. If Angelo was taken into SL team when he was 18 ( like Kapu ) he would have been super cricket by now with a excellent record. Angelo like Sanga came into the team when he was 21. Think of Sanga playing from 18 like Mahela, he would had 3 more years of SL cricket and may be many more hundreds and closer to Sachin on records.. Past SL selectors ignored Mathews who was a outstanding cricketer than even Arjuna Ranatunge. If not for Hathurusinghe he would have been lost for SL cricket. We all hope Kapu who is talented will shine as well.... these youngsters with Malinga, Ajanatha, Randiv, Dinesh, Thisara and others could be the backbone of SL cricket to come.

  • Sebi on December 8, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    The best team to lift the wold cup 2011, the perfect blend, but when there are players like Dilshan, Mahela, great Sanga, Murali, Mathews, Lasith, no team can be cop up with these greats. The Emerald Island team possess the great all rounder than any other team. So it is the best team for the great event and it will do lift the WORLD CUP 2011.

  • S.shah on December 8, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    I seriously hope we sub continent teams can thrash overrated england team and their spinner swan will be exposed against the asian teams.

  • John on December 7, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    please dont tell to take chamara Silva, he can't play a long innings , also he can't hit hard,he is good only for the domestic matches

    i think 01.Mahela and 02.Dilshan should open the batting, since 1st over hould be attacking like we did in 96 world cup, 03. Thisara Perera should Bat like Do or Die Batman 04. sangakkara 05. Chandimal 06. Mathews 07.Kapugedara 08. Kulasekara 09. Randiv 10. Malinga 11. Murali

    Bench sitters Upul tharanga,Samaraweera,Mendis,Chaminda Vaas,Rangana Herath

  • John on December 7, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    The Best Current Srilankan 16 squad for the world Cup 08 Batman's 01.Dilshan 02. Mahela 03. Sangakkara 04. Upul Tharanga 05. Samaraweera 06. Mathews 07. Kapugedara 08. Chandimal

    04 Spinners

    01. Randiv 02. Murali 03. Mendis 04. Rangana 4 Fast bowlers 01. Malinga 02. Kulasekara 03. Tisara perera 04. Vacant ( No need Old losers )

    Super 11 Squad 01. Dilshan 02. Mahela 03. Sangakkara 04. Upul Taranga 05. Mathews 06. Kapugedara 07. Tisara 08. Randiv 09. Kulasekara 10.Malinga 11. Murali

  • Nilantha on December 7, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Chandimal should be given a spot ahead of Samaraweera, the latter is a good player( and a family friend tbh) but SL cricket needs to blood its future players and Chandimal must be a part of our cricket in the future...Picking Samaraweera is going back in time...

  • John on December 7, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Useless series srilanka had been played ever , I don't know how they rating, just because of the stupid rain washed out the test series srilanka rates reduced 9 points from 118 to 109 suddently,No 2 position to no 5 now, it's not fair, India wins series 0-1 with New Zealand but their rate reduced only 1 point, Again 5 oneday series vs. westindia if srilanka win all the 5ODI srilanka will get only 1 point , if srilanka loose 1 match and win 4 matches eventhuogh reducing 2 point,

    I don't know why srilankan cricket broad deside to play with these weak team, while we nearing to world cup, all other team now playing with compatible team with good pitches, srilanka only playing with this westindians now. We should criticize this ICC Rank system,

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    how about doping Tharanga and Thisara to Open with Dilshan.Much needed Batting at the end will be added then.My Team 1.Dilshan 2.Thisara 3.Sanga 4.Mahela 5.Thilan 6.C.Silva. 7.Anjelo 8.Kapu/Randiv 9.Kula10.Malinga 11.Murali

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